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The Rapture                           Holy Spirit will be totally absent from
          This current period, sometimes called   the earth, only that He will not be pres-
        “the Church age,” began on the Day of   ent in the sense that He currently is,
                                              indwelling the Church. All through the
        Pentecost, when believers were baptized   Old Testament, we read of the Spirit’s
        in the Holy Spirit. In this present era,
        the Spirit permanently indwells each   active  involvement  in  this  world,  and
        individual who trusts Christ as Savior.   many Scriptures show His presence and
        At the Rapture, which is the next great   activity on earth while the Lord Jesus was
        event in God’s program, the Church will   here; yet this is fully compatible with the
        be complete, and will be removed from   Lord’s reference to the Spirit’s coming af-
        this world. Those who have died will be   ter His own departure (e.g., Joh 14:16,17;
        raised, and they, together with those still   16:7-15). Hence, there is every reason to
        alive, will be changed and caught up, to   believe that, after the Rapture, the work
        “ever be with the Lord” (1Co 15:51-54;   of the Holy Spirit will continue as it has
        1Th 4:13-18).                         done throughout history. Indeed, it must
          Paul writes: “And now ye know what   be so, for when the Rapture has just taken
        withholdeth that he [the ‘man of sin,’ v3]   place, not a single believer will be left on
        might be revealed in his time. For the   earth, and at that point there will be no
        mystery of iniquity doth already work:   saved person to preach the gospel; yet
        only he who now letteth will let, until he   we read of many believers coming out
        be taken out of the way. And then shall   of the Tribulation (e.g., Rev 7:9-17), and
        that Wicked be revealed” (2Th 2:6-8).  The   unquestionably the Holy Spirit will be
        italicized words (“what” and “he”) indi-  instrumental in their conversion, as He
        cate that there are, respectively, something   has always been.
        and someone, the departure of which and   As the Tribulation comes toward its
        of whom will remove the current restraint   close, climaxing in the return of the Lord
        to the manifestation of that wicked one   Jesus to earth, there will be a powerful
        in Tribulation days. The simplest expla-  manifestation of the Holy Spirit, proph-
        nation of this statement consistent with   esied by Joel: “And it shall come to pass
        other Scriptures is that the “he” is the Holy   afterward, that I will pour out my spirit
        Spirit, and the “what” is His indwelling   upon all flesh …. And I will shew wonders
        presence in the Church, which will no   in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and
        longer be on the earth after the Rapture.  fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be
                                              turned into darkness, and the moon into
        The Tribulation                       blood, before the great and the terrible

          However, that does not mean that the   day of the Lord come. And it shall come
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
        the KJV.                              name of the Lord shall be delivered: for

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